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Education Resources

CUNY Foster Care Collaborative

Information on special support available at CUNY schools to foster care youth entering and attending CUNY Schools.
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New Yorkers For Children

NYFC and ACS collaborate to support programs that promote stable adulthood through education and job training.
Programs include:

NYFC Guardian Scholars Program

  • Available to youth enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, and Kingsborough Community College.
  • Financial, academic, and emotional support.

NYFC Spirit Award

  • A $10,000 scholarship to one high performing youth enrolled in college.
  • Eligible youth demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community, and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success.

The Charles Evans Emergency Education Fund

  • For students who were formerly involved in the foster care in New York City, ages 21-25 to help with completing your education.
  • One-time emergency financial assistance to full or part-time college students with an unexpected financial emergency.
  • The Education Coordinator works closely with the student to determine eligibility or other available assistance.

Back-to-School Package

  • Available to all foster care youth up to age 25 enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program.
  • Packages include computers and supplies.

Go to NYFC for more information about these or any other NYFC programs.

Other Resources

Youth Success: Information for youth in care on a variety of topics including college application and financial aid applications process.

Financial Aid, College Scholarships and Student Loans

College Board Website: Information on U.S. colleges, SATs, SAT prep, scholarships, financial aid, and admission processes:

The Common Application and the Universal College Application: standardized applications that enable students to apply to several participating colleges by providing their academic information, and other common information.

New York’s Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC): information on scholarships, loans, and grants.

Pell Grants (and other Federal Scholarship and Loan Programs). This website explains federal grants and loans.

Scholarship Search Engine: Match your profile to any applicable scholarships.

NYC College Line: Information on New York City-based college programs as well as web-based resources. NYC College Line was created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, the NYC Department of Education, and the Options Center of Goddard Riverside.